The Quiltzette

August 17, 2015


Events This Week

Third Thursday Demo
Thursday, August 20, 2015
12:30 or 5:15 p.m.

Join us on August 20th when Karen will demonstrate the many features and benefits of the new BERNINA Q20 sit-down longarm machine. Then you can test it out for yourself!


Our Fourth Anniversary
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Where does the time go? We’re turning four already! Join us on Saturday, August 22 for gourmet cupcakes from The Pie Maker Bakery and a chance to win one of four $40 gift certificates.


More New Flannel

This darling flannel collection arrived last week. Need a gift for a new baby? This is perfect for either a boy or girl.


Upcoming Classes

Criss Cross Pocket Apron
Thursday, September 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Think of everyone you know (in addition to yourself, of course!) who would love to have one of these cute aprons. Perfect for anyone who needs small items at their fingertips . . . a server in a restaurant, an artist, quilter, cook, hairdresser, child doing a craft project, and the list goes on. This pattern also includes a matching potholder, bag to hold a batch of prepared cookie mix, and a recipe. The three items together would make the most perfect hostess gift. Judy Bryan will teach this class. See all three samples at the shop.

Check out the full class schedule here!


Fall Youth Class Schedule

Our summer series went so well that we're offering youth classes throughout the fall on the second and third Wednesday of each month. Here are the initial classes.

Youth Beginning Quilting
Six Weeks: September 16 & 23, October 21 & 28, November 18, December 2
Elementary school students: 2:00 – 5:00
Middle school students: 3:15 – 6:00
$119 (includes fabric, supplies, and the use of a BERNINA sewing machine)

Pencil Case
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Elementary school students: 2:00 – 5:00
Middle school students: 3:15 – 6:00
$30 (includes fabric, supplies, and the use of a BERNINA sewing machine)

Click here to see the full youth schedule and details on each class.


We've Rolled Out The Red Carpet

We love our BERNINA machines so much that we decided they deserve red carpet treatment. Come by the shop to see our newly re-decorated sewing machine department. While you're here, sit down to try out the new Q20, 790 embroidery machine, the amazing 770 Quilter's Edition, or one of our gently used machines.

BERNINA Club: Mug Mats
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time: 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Free Event

Mug mats are fun to make, use, and give as gifts. Techniques covered this month include using artist transfer paper, raw edge applique, free motion quilting, couching, and using DesignWorks tools. Bring your machine (or use one of ours) if you want to make a mug mat after the presentation. Please call 970-565-7541 or e-mail Cindy by noon on Tuesday to reserve your space. You do not need to own a BERNINA to attend this free event.


Tip of the Week: Caring for Your Cutting Mat

A good quality cutting mat is an essential tool for quilters. We carry OLFA® self-healing mats which we think are the best on the market. Here are some tips on caring for and prolonging the life of your mat.

Do not expose your mat to extreme heat (e.g., in the car on a sunny day) or cold. Either can cause damage.

To clean your OLFA® mat, use a generous amount of room-temperature water and a few drops of mild detergent. Use a soft, mild-bristle brush such as a toothbrush or mushroom brush to create a lather and gently clean your mat. Rinse with room-temperature water and wipe dry with a cotton towel.

A new mat sometimes emits a bit of "plasticky" odor. Wipe it down with a soft cloth and a mild vinegar/water solution, rinse, and let it dry. That usually solves the issue.

Use a sharp rotary blade so that you're not pressing unnecessarily hard onto the mat. Don't use other types of blades on the mat.


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